Jay Beagle has been an offensive powerhouse against teams from the Central Division this year. Will that continue Thursday against Nashville (7 p.m., CSN)? Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. Jay Beagle will score
Eight of Beagle's 12 goals this season have come against Central Division teams. Against everyone else? He has only four goals.
2. The Capitals will give up at least four power plays
If Washington gave up four power plays, that would actually be an improvement from what they have done lately. The Caps have given up five or more power plays in four straight games. What's more is that Nashville is pretty good at drawing penalties as they rank 6th in the NHL in road power play opportunities.
3. Alex Ovechkin will get at least two points
Ovechkin's Rocket Richard days are probably behind him, but his scoring days are not. He finally broke his goalless drought and he's a player that tends to produce in bunches. He has points in two straight games and he'll make it three tonight with a big performance after finding the back of the net on Tuesday.
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